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PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 29, 2012 ema TJCDate Profile: Yifat613 ABOUT ME: Creative, funny, warm-hearted, religious, and a great cook! Looking to settle down, but not to settle. MY LIFE & AMBITIONS: I'm a graphic designer, sick of doing bar mitzvah invitations, looking to take my career to the next level. ON OUR FIRST DATE, REMIND ME TO TELL YOU THE STORY ABOUT How a refrigerator light left on over Shabbat led to my losing a roommate. DON'T BOTHER ASKING ME TO Come to your Shabbat dinner if your idea of a fine wine is "the blue bottle." By Ron Kampeas and which grew by leaps and and eventually a two-state boundsjustas IPFwas fading, solution. WASHINGTON (JTA)-- A J Street spokeswoman Among Clinton's last acts When President Bill Clinton declined to comment on IPF's as president was to outline the chose in January 2001 to un- resurrection. "Clinton parameters," the peace veilhis Clinton Parameters for But M.J. Rosenberg, IPF's plan deal rejected by the Pales- Arab-Israel peacemaking, he Washington director until tinians. He chose an IPF gala chose an Israel Policy Forum 2009 and now the author of to make his historical speech. gala to do it. Four years later, anoftenbitingblogwithapro- Yet as attitudes hardened then-Israeli Deputy Prime nounced leftist slant, said the during the second intifada, Minister Ehud Olmert sought MiddleEastpolicycommunity IPF's emphasis on interac- the same audience to an- may not be as welcoming as it tion seemed less relevant. nounce then-Prime Minister once was. Still, IPF managed to retain Ariel Sharon's willingness to "J Street will remain the some clout. Its assiduous negotiate with the Palestin- address for people who want nonpartisan status attracted ians. toopposeAIPAC,"hesaid."All attention from Secretary In more recent years, how- this will do is drain support of State Condoleezza Rice, ever, the IPF has nearly away from J Street because who would invite then-IPF disappeared in influence and it won't drain support from president Seymour Reich to presence. Now it hopes to re- AIPAC." meetings with Jewish leaders vive itself with some of Jewish Rosenberg stressed that he when she sought a voice to life'sheavyhitters, peoplewho wished his former employer balanceAIPAC'shawkishline. hint they are frustrated with the best. IPF's last major hurrah theseeminglypartisanpolitics Meanwhile, former AIPACwas its 2005 gala dinner in of J Street and others, spokesman Josh Block noted New York, when Olmert, rep- "You could make the case how fraught the waters were resenting Sharon, signaled that an organization like IPF for IPF's reemergence. He a new readiness to talk with is more needed now than ever, noted in a statement that the Palestinians. Olmert, in a promoting a two-state solu- Joseph was funding Openspeech that made headlines, tionwithoutplayingpolitics," Zion, an ideas exchangedeclared that"We are tired of said Aaron David Miller, a hosted by Peter Beinart, who fighting, we are tired of be- former negotiator in the first has stirred controversy with ing courageous, we are tired Bush and Clinton administra- his writings suggesting that of winning, we are tired of tionswhosincehisretirement younger American Jews are defeating our enemies." from government in 2001has growingalienatedfromIsrael. The ensuing efforts to beenassociatedwithIPF."You Beinart recently proposed renew peace talks by Presi- do have increasing polariza- boycotting settlement goods dent George W. Bush and tionintheJewishcommunity while increasing purchases later President Obama never now, andit'snotagoodthing." from Israel proper. gathered momentum, and Miller is not alone in his Joseph, whoisinthe pri ldte the dialogue in the American assessment, equity business, told Tab t Middle East peace commu- Among the new significant recently that he found Bein- nity--and among American names signing onto IPF's art's boycottcall"polarizing" Jews--grew more fractious. revival are Rabbi Eric Yoffie, but confirmed to JTA that he There was a dichotomy be- who just ended his term as continues to fund Open Zion. tween those who favored the president of the Union for "You can't be effective if classicAIPACstrategyofheed- Reform Judaism;' Lr.S. Rep. your support and pour ideas ihg ttie Israeli governmehf'0f GaryAckerman (D-N.Y.), who are fringe," Block said in an the day and those such as J is retiring and in recent years emailinterviewwithJTA."It's Street who favored intensive hadpublicdisagreementsboth not immediately clear what U.S. involvement. with the Israeli establishment niche IPFwill seekto fill.While IPF was not spared i:he dis- and J Street; Deborah Lisp- hehasdistancedhimselffrom sension: Rosenberg argued tadt, the eminent Holocaust Peter Beinart's repulsive call within the organization for historian; and philanthropist foraboycottagainstlsrael, the a more assertive alignment Charles Bronfman. president of IPF and its key with J Street, while Joseph "I believe that the broad funder is still underwriting insisted on maintaining the base of the American Jewish Mr. Beinart's strugglingblog, nonpartisan middle. community wants and needs which provides a platform for By late 2009, with J Street realism [that] to my mind, anti-Israel, one-state crack- a frequent interlocutor with neither the left nor the right pots and people who oppose the Obama administration, areproviding,"Bronfmansaid sanctions to stop Iran's dan- Rosenberg left, and IPF was inanemailtoJTA."IPF'swork gerous nuclear pursuit." absorbed into the pro-Obama in all areas will attempt to Yet there was cheering think tank, the Center for foster the real probabilities of from at least one institutional American Progress. The a two-state solution." corner. Washington office closed; all Next month, the group's "We welcome any effort to that remained was a small advisers, veteran and recent, advance the two-state solution four-person operation in New will convene in New York to andtosecurelsraelasaJewish York. consider the group's direc- state and a democracy, living IPF was little heard from tion. The agenda underscores in peace and security with its until it parted ways with CAP how tentative the project still neighbors,"saidDebraDeLee, late last year. Joseph said the is: The second item is titled thepresidentofAmericansfor parting was amicable. "What did happen to the IPF?" Peace Now. "We will be happy Joseph is in Israel this week Is there room for a Jew- to work hand in hand with a at the Israeli Presidential ish group that pushes the reinvigorated IPF." Conference, networking and Israeli consensus on peace- IPF's rise and fall wasseeking Israeli interlocutors making and keeps above the synonymous with the peace in the security and political cacophony of the American process itself, establishments. One likely partisan fray? Throughout the 1990s partnership is with Blue Twenty years ago it was and into the first years of the White Future, the new group a no-brainer. The IPF was 21st century, IPF occupied convened bytopformersecu- founded at the behest ofthen- a unique Middle East policy rity officials that advocates a PrimeMinisterYitzhakRabin, nexus: the making and in- degree ofunilateral disengage- who was frustrated with the fluencing of policy, and the ment from the West Bank. AmericanIsraelPublicAffairs thinking about it. Among The IPF president added Committee's slowness to em- those associated with the that Israeli Prime Minister brace the nascent Oslo peace group at the time were Sandy Benjamin Netanyahu's broad, processwiththePalestinians. Berger, Clinton's national new national unity govern- Peter Joseph, IPF's presi- security adviser; Stephen P. ment can provide an impetus dent now, said he is not alone Cohen, a Yale and Princeton towardpeacemakingwith the in seeing the need for nuance Middle East scholar whose ci- Palestinians. The key, he said, in an age when pronounced tations by newspaper pundits is not to impose American dissent from some groups achievedanotoriousubiquity; ideas but to get a sense of the characterized debate on the and Marvin Lender and Alan Israeli reality and encourage region. Joseph would not be Solomont, Democratic Party the trends within it that seek more specific, but he did not fundraisers with reputations peace. deny that this description as kingmakers. "We pay very significant could apply to J Street, the Its Israeli associates had attention to Israel's security liberal lobby that bills itself rootsinthecountry'ssecurity needs," Joseph said. "Anyone as "the political home for pro- establishment, lending heft to looking at this seriously needs peace, pro-Israel Americans" its emphasis on negotiations to take that into account."